44 special is more expensive than 44 magnum because of the lack of demand. When drop-out at 100 yd (91 m) is about 2 inches (5.1 centimetres), the drop-out at 150 yards (140 m) is more than 8 inches (20 centimetres); with a 100 yd (91 m) zero drop-out, the drop-out at 150 yd (140 m) will still measure more than 6 inches (15 centimetres). This allows you to choose the round size that is right for your specific need whether it is plinking to work on your aim or getting a larger size to take on your hunt. First is the Marlin 1894. The M-14 had a 22″ barrel length. Subscribe now to get the latest news on guns, gear, gun rights, and personal defense delivered straight to your inbox daily! It was a very, very nice Ruger .44 Mag carbine. , The limiting factor is the bullet's trajectory: the best hunting bullets are heavy, so they are relatively slow. Choosing the right hunt for your rifle is important. Uh, 18 to 20″ barrel lengths are carbines. Not a bad option in a place like CA where we are saddled with mag and other restrictions. As in, there is no reason the carbine could not be .44, that is just not what they’re doing right now. Rimfire, link no workee other than providing a pic identical to the one I got goggling Winchester to look it up, where that pic is above a description of the 1892 carbine including the fact that it is .357 only. I had a 16″ 1894 .44 mag years ago. Its been well received and tested by numerous YouTube gun gurus…If I could in my STATE. No need to worry about that: not only will user comments will have been done away with by that point, but any publication about self defense will be verboten. If you’ve ever wondered what an M1 Carbine would be like if it actually had some punch, this is it. Then I ran across the Deerfield in a local pawn shop and, as they say, the rest is history. None more accurate than the old Remington 788 44 magnum. when i get around to buying another lever gun or two, they will be in .22 and .357 I want a couple of .22’s for my boys and the .357 will be for me. Cost can be anywhere from about $700 to almost $2,000, depending on the make/model and, of course, the store you buy it in. A good starting point is the Big Boy Classic (that’s the Golden Boy, above) , with Henry’s signature brass receiver and octagonal 20-inch barrel. From left to right: 9mm,.45 ACP,.357,.44 Magnum (Dan Z for TTAG) Higher velocities often get less penetration and more expansion. There quality was off and on even in the 50s. I am definitely not a gunsmith, though, and perhaps a gunsmith could easily fix it as you suggested. They’ve got two different Marlin 1894s that net ~1900fps with that. Smooth trigger. From left to right: 9mm, .45 ACP, .357, .44 Magnum (Dan Z for TTAG). , Ruger introduced its first long gun, a semi-automatic carbine called the Ruger Model 44 chambered for .44 Magnum, in 1959. In many cases, the round will take down an elk as long as you are able to place it well. Mind you, I’m pretty sure the line was “big damn heroes”, but close enough. Last time I checked, the hot loadings had a very very specific list of ‘approved’ guns. 16″ barrel, holds 7 in the tube and weighs 5.7lb’s if I remember right. And it would help reduce muzzle blast and preserve your hearing. One of these hand-loaders was Elmer Keith, a writer and outdoorsman of the 20th century. Safe. If Ruger cleaned up the trigger a bit, they’d be a pretty popular rifle, IMO. I am thinking that 1,600 feet-per-second at the muzzle is plenty fast. Prefer something a little more modern, a little less cowboy-ish? The Rossi is a lightweight, handy little carbine- much handier than than one would think with a 20″ barrel. Lightweight 44 Magnum rifles kick like a mule. Bill Ruger was a fine gun designer, I own and admire a number of his guns. I stopped, did a left face, and as I approached the rifle I about fell out. When picking around for your .44 Magnum rifle you want to look for one that is designed to be used in a rifle or a rifle and handgun. Bought a 44 magnum Deerfield rifle brand new when they first came out,and shot many deer with it.very nice firearm, i will never get rid of this gun,I shoot a Sierra 220 gr. , Although improved modern alloys and manufacturing techniques have allowed even stronger cylinders to be made, leading to larger and more powerful cartridges such as the .454 Casull and .480 Ruger in revolvers the same size as a .44 Magnum, the .44 Magnum is still considered an exceptional weapon. Maybe a used one in a few years. Gun makers have been making perfectly round bbls for a couple hundred years w/o needing to make a suspicious dove tail cut that serves no purpose and then turning the bbl over so you cant see it. If you do want to hunt smaller game make sure that you are using lower grain rounds. The .44 Magnum is a great hunting rifle choice because it takes skill and close range. I also have the equivalent Rossi rifle which is nearly indistinguishable from the H&R. If they’re going out of production permanently, might have to re-prioritize. Put a Williams reciever sight on it with fairly large aperture for woods shooting. But let’s face it: They’re a lot of fun to shoot! I don’t know how old this thread is but I have had one of the Ruger Deerfield 77/44’s for somewhere around 20, 25 years now and have taken a good many deer with it and, if it had been my first deer rifle, I never would have had to waste time and money on the other 7 or 8 rifles I tried before I ran across it. In my search, I found a Ruger model 96/44, basically the lever action version of the other two. The .44 Magnum was also bought and used by the character Travis Bickle in the 1976 film Taxi Driver during his assault on a brothel. Sheriff’s Tip: Lever Guns for Personal Protection. Also, if you get the hot stuff you can get over 2000ft/lbs ME out of a 20″. When I obtained mine, I envisioned some uses of it for which I would rather not have the beautiful stock subjected. Expensive but will stop whoever and whatever. As I said, it also links the 1892 “short rifle”, similar but clearly not the same, which is .44 only. That should be enough to take down bear-size game at distances of up to 30 yards. As a rifle or carbine cartridge the .44 Magnum is sufficiently powerful for medium-sized game, yet fits easily into a compact, lightweight package. Any .44 Magnum rifle will be FAR quieter than any shotgun. And you load it like a tube fed 22. the tube fed has its advantages and disadvantages, don’t like it don’t buy a Henry as there are other options out there. Capacity isn’t outstanding by modern terms; the typical tubular magazine will hold 8 to 10 rounds, but that’s 8 to 10 very powerful pills. They make one of the best brush guns you can get for most game. Sat in the local hardware store since 1974. Wife LOVES that gun. A .44 Mag rifle is a great option for hunting deer. and hits hard a lot farther than any pistol caliber. Choosing the right hunt for your rifle is important. Needless to say, after checking it over, it was immediately given a home. I have one I purchased to go along with my .44 western-style six-shooter.  In one of the classic lines in cinema, title character "Dirty" Harry Callahan describes his Smith & Wesson Model 29 as "the most powerful handgun in the world". Great gun, but my daughter has taken it over. Not all .44 Mag handgun rounds will function the same in a rifle as they do not get the same penetration power. They’d be a heck of a nice truck gun, for example…. However their 240gr ‘deer grenade’ (+p) just says it won’t cycle in a Henry Big Boy because it’s too long. Was kind of wondering why the Rossi wasn’t mentioned. I bought it in 76 for about $125. Some Sharps rifles had 34” barrels. There are two outstanding Ruger .44 Magnum rifles worth getting, one of which is in current production, but the other has to be found used…though it’s well worth it if you find one. A rifle chambered in .44 Magnum can be quite fun, Henry and Marlin both make a lever-action .44 Magnum rifle that you can take out hunting and pass down through the generations. They state you have to use the ammunition with the heavier bullets, but after much experimentation I found it’ll reliably cycle PMC .38 special and not much else. I considered the Rossi Circuit Judge in .44 magnum, but it appears they stopped making them. It is always fun to see the debates concerning which gun (or beer, or pickup truck, or football team…..). Didn’t Ruger make a 96/44 version of the 96/22? Shop for 44 Magnum Range Rifle And Ar 15 Sniper Rifle Range Ads Immediately . Just more low value crap instead of reasoned writing. but it has a bit too much of a punch for home defense.